"This is a very valuable contribution on one of the best known but least understood urban scenes in the United States. This book looks at the street life of Times Square from many different angles and perspectives, which allows the reader to go behind the scenes and observe the sociology of urban life. The book is particularly strong in detailing the ethnographic method that is enjoying a resurgence in sociology. For that reason, this book will be useful in a research methods class to give students a view of the richness of qualitative method."-John Fuller Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice West Georgia CollegeVom Verlag:
For more than 60 years, Times Square has reigned as one of New York's premiere tourist attractions. In recent years, an average of 20 million people visit New York City, and Times Square is a sight most do not miss. The reason for this is that Times Square holds something for everyone: theaters, restaurants, entertainment, and a transportation center that brings almost 400,000 people into the city every day. For a sociologist interested in studying crime and the ways in which deviant networks and communities emerge, Times Square offers numerous opportunities. Because large segments of these groups pride themselves on anonymity, many researchers employ ethnographic research methods. The articles in this manuscript focus on the various aspects of Time Square using the ethnographic approach. The topics include the sex trade, drugs and drug dealing, recent redevelopment efforts, the social ecology of Times Square, and a discussion of police operations in this marketplace.
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